ON THIS DAY – October 31, 1900

Valentine Curtis Robertson, an inmate of the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum, was placed in the dock of the Criminal Court to-day, and charged with the murder of Fitzroy Shanks, another inmate. It was alleged that on October 31, Shanks, who was an elderly man, was waiting near one of the cottages for his breakfast, when Robertson crept up behind him, and dealt him a blow on the head with a piece of wood, which felled him. He then battered him so savagely that death took place in two hours. The medical evidence showed that the prisoner was insane, and the jury found he was unfit to plead. Mr. Justice Hodges ordered him to be kept in strict custody until the Governor’s pleasure is known.